Sunday, August 8, 2010
Challenge: Are you trying new things?
As I've decided this is my year for trying new things, I've been trying new things (including being obvious Swift!). I put out the challenge out in the middle of June to try something new, and I set out my own goals...and I haven't really updated much on that, so here it is!
A few people took on the challenge with me...Lynda set out to make soap, Kristin set out to make lotion, Laura set out to install a butcher's block in her kitchen, and Madeaj wanted to try shampoo and conditioners! How're you all doing?
Stencilling! So I moved on to making more elaborate stencils, like the cupcake one to the right. I'm so happy with them! I made Raymond one that looks like a Nintendo controller, and I finally have a purple baby Dalek shirt (above), a black atomic shirt, and a pink flying monkey shirt! Our summer wardrobe is complete! Next up? A library book bag with a really cool stack of books type stencil. (If you're interested in knowing more about stencilling with freezer paper - unbelievably inexpensive - click here!)
Rings & Things in Spokane, and I'm loving this! My first experiments were with putting pictures into bezels and pouring resin over them. I put glue on the pictures (scrapbook paper), cut them out, then placed them in the bezel before pouring in the Easy Cast resin. I am very pleased with them, although I should have glued down the picture in some way as they did float a little bit. I didn't have any bubbles in them, although there was a little spill over. (It's a lot like pouring lip balm - you're trying to get that awesome bubble effect but if you add one more drop, it'll break the surface tension and it oozes over the sides!)
infamous hair-hating Dremel (without accidents!) I would really love to have a smaller drill, but the kit and the collar are about $40 and that's not in my budget right now.
If you want to use a silicone ice cube tray, make sure it's a good one from a kitchen store or Ikea. The dollar store ones aren't really silicone and they take forever to remove!
If you're interested in learning about resin casting, check out this section at Rings & Things and download the tip sheet! Definitely order a mold - I didn't and I'm pressuring my best friend to add to my order from because I need some soon! (I want those lime green hair clips and I don't even wear hair clips!) And stock up on bezels - once you've started, 10 isn't enough!
Sausage making! We have the kit, we have the meat, so we need to get down to Langley to get the casings. We've been grinding meat, looking at recipes, trying spice blends - I think I've perfected my English banger spice mix - so we've set a date of August 21st for sausage making day!
Jamming! I think we had too much liquid in our strawberry jams - the processed and freezer jam pectin ones turned out great but the ones we made using lemon juice are syrups. So we're going to try re-doing those with pectin and see what happens. Plus, blueberries are in season - my favourite-est fruit of all time! - so I want to make some jams out of that. Then pickling season is upon us - cucumbers, green beans, asparagus, and garlic! Yum! We're hoping August 21st or August 22nd will be the jamming date, but it depends on how the sausage making goes!
the cream cleanser for dry skin - and I'm hoping to get to deodorant sticks later this week as I have some Tinosan and Ordenone that are crying out to be used in this application. (How could you resist a Clementine Cupcake scented deodorant?)
And finally, before the end of next week (that would be around the 20th) I will try making the Shower Jelly dupe from ages ago! For some reason, the carageenan has me a little worried, but the worst that happens is I get a gooey mess. I had a gooey mess before, so it's not like I haven't experienced that yet!
And I've been organizing. I'm very disorganized - very might be too mild a word - and I want to clear out my formulating binders and start again. I want one for the standard recipes I use and love, and one for my trying out new things stuff. Each page has to go into a paper protector so I can write on it with a grease pencil as I go. I'm planning to do this today while I veg and watch some TV.
An aside on TV: Have you seen "Sherlock" yet (UK, BBC)? It's excellent! I just finished watching "Modern Family" again - if you miss Arrested Development, this is a good substitute - and "Big Bang Theory", all three seasons! But I'm waiting for Tuesday as we finally get the DVD set of Max Headroom! I've been waiting forever for this - I had it on videotape, but my player is broken! And, of course, there's always the Simpsons! I swear season 21 is the funniest one in recent memory!
So what have you been doing this summer? Have you set yourself a challenge? Did you try it? What haven't you tried that you'd like to try! Why are you not trying it? Let's get rid of all those annoying fears and worries and make a successful mess!